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Posted by pj on October 25, 2001 at 17:11:25:
In Reply to: herpetoculturist? posted by andy on October 24, 2001 at 18:41:39:
Do some web research on the topic. Go to the Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles homepage and follow links for comprehensive careers in herpetology information. California has many opportunities for Herp research. There is a great herp department at the Cal Acad of Sci right there in SF. Go to their webpage and find out what they do, visit them, email ahead of time to see if you can meet a professional herpetologist to discuss their career path.
Sarah, Do you mean U. of Guelph? It has a good reputation for herpetology. Contact someone there to discuss your interests.
: Hey there, I have skimmed through this forum but haven't found much subject material on my question. Over the past couple years, I have been entertaining the notion of becoming a herpetologist. I have recently realized that the chances of this coming true are rather slim. I am far more likely to study marine biology in college (I live near San Francisco) and study sharks or other predatory fish for a living.
: I love California, and I like living near the city and ocean. I would be very reluctant to move to a place like Alabama or Texas just to study herps. Marine Biology allows me to study amazing wildlife right near major cities. :)
: But I'm not going to give up on herps yet. I love reptiles, and I know they are going to be involved in my life some way or another as long as I live. Captive breeding and care sounds much more appealing to me. If I keep reptiles in captivity rather than looking for them in the wild, (and going on the occasional herp expedition), I will be able to see many more varieties and species of animals while living in my own home.
: So... how hard is it to make a living off of herpetoculture? Will I get better pay if I get a bachelor's in biology? (Which I will anyway). Is there anything else I should know?